40 Best Concerts in Los Angeles This December

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The Grouch & Eligh (w/ Murs)

Happy Holidays Grimy Goods fans and readers! We’re happy to announce that there’s not much of a holiday slump this December for Los Angeles concert-goers. We’ve got hip hop heroes such as The Grouch and Eligh, J. Rocc and DJ Spinna and Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti blazing trails on the stage. We’ve got old school meets new school soul such as Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis teaming up to take a trip down memory lane and back. We’ve even got alternative upstarts like Kim and The Created and Kera and The Lesbians, and The Bronx and Retox joining forces for a wildly good time. There’s no doubt in our minds that the double headers this month are top notch. So go ahead and spread some of that holiday cheer and treat yo self and others to the best gift ever, a live music experience.

December 3 — The Grouch and Eligh at El Rey Theatre
We’ve seen rap duo The Grouch and Eligh slay live before such as they did with their dynamite performance at the UCLA Jazz and Reggae Fest. These old school homies have been in the game since the ’90s and are proud to spit everything from the classics to their latest release, The WinterFire EP. Don’t miss their special holiday show at the El Rey Theatre dubbed “How the Grouch Stole Christmas.” Joining them on stage are Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and The ReMINDers.
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December 3, 4, 5 — Gary Clark Jr. at Fonda Theatre
Modern blues king Gary Clark Jr. is scheduled to reign the Fonda Theatre with his immensely healing, soulful and guitar-driven tunes for three back to back dates this December. Clark is touring in support of his new album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim so expect to rock along with the new tunes. Lawrence Taylor supports.
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December 3, 4, 5, 6 — X: Support Billy Zoom at The Roxy
Old school punk rock outfit X are practically a Los Angeles institution. The influential group is set to takeover The Roxy stage four nights in a row this month, this time joined by original rebel guitarist Billy Zoom. This may be your only chance to see the all-original X lineup so don’t miss out on this celebratory occasion! Supporting act is Mike Watt and The Secondmen.
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December 3 ,4, 5 — The Dandy Warhols at Teragram Ballroom
Let your hair down and jam to some heavy hitting rock n’ roll when The Dandy Warhols hit the stage at Teragram Ballroom downtown for three back to back nights. Hear rollicking tunes from the ’90s heyday of Dandys Rule Ok to 2012’s This Machine to their newest single “Chauncey P vs. All The Girls in London.” The band is also working on new material so concert-goers may get a sneak preview. Singer-songwriter Joel Gion (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and folk pop artistMiranda Lee Richards support.
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December 4 — together PANGEA at Echoplex
A rock n’ roll rager is about to get underway at together PANGEA’s headlining show at The Echoplex this December. We’ve seen the garage rockers rip it up time and time again.The band is touring in support of The Phage EP, produced by Tommy Stinson and available now on Burger Records. Louisville’s loud garage pop punks White Reaper and L.A. psych-punk future rock outfit Feels support.
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December 4 — The Black Dahlia Murder at The Regent
Michigan death metal quintet The Black Dahlia Murder are making a much anticipated pit stop in Los Angeles with their IndieMerch 10th Anniversary Tour at The Regent for a sweaty, headbanging good time. Lose it to new, soulcrushing tracks off their 2015 album release Abysmal. Opening acts are Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos and Artificial Brain.
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December 4 — The Avengers at Bootleg Theater
San Francisco punk band The Avengers will be blasting their classic ’77 sound with a must-see show at The Bootleg Theater. Led by powerhouse female vocalist, Penelope Houston, The Avengers helped pave the way for women in rock and remain highly influential to this day. Ford Madox Ford (Chip Kinman of The Dils) supports.
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December 4 — Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis at UCLA Royce Hall
Renowned multi-instrumentalist, B3 Organ master, and songwriter Booker T. Jones has had a long and illustrious career which continues to thrive. From his acclaimed instrumental classic “Green Onions” to his time fronting Booker T & The M.G.’s to collaborating with some of the best soul artists of yesteryear and today, such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Questlove, and Sharon Jones, the man is an unstoppable musical force. He teams up with blues, funk n’ soul artist Black Joe Lewis for this exclusive double-bill.
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December 5 — Purity Ring at Shrine Expo Hall
Canadian experimental electronic pop duo Purity Ring (aka Megan James and Corin Roddick) are touring in support of their sophomore effort Another Eternity, the exciting follow up to their debut Shrines. Pass on the Netflix and chill for a night and get onto the dance floor to groove to new songs such as “Bodyache,” “Begin Again,” etc. Supporting acts are Baths and HANA.
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December 5 — The Gooch Palms at The Echo
Australia’s punk darlings The Gooch Palms are celebrating their Burger Records cassette launch with some all-ages shenanigans at The Echo. Don’t miss out on your chance to party and pogo with the band to their new songs before they head back to the land down under and hibernate for the Winter. Good pals The Memories and The High Curbs support.
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December 6 — Four Tet at The Observatory
Last time we caught Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) live the innovative genius played an explosive two hour set that left fans buzzing in a world of electronic bliss. Show off your interpretive dance skills to new tracks off his latest album Morning/Evening which was released earlier this year on his own label Text Records.
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December 6 — !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Echoplex
Time to bust a move! Sacramento dance punk outfit !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are coming to town, bringing their infectious energy and catchy songs with them! Let’s just say that there will be booty shaking. The band is touring in support of their new album As If which features buzzworthy singles, “Ooo” and “Bam City.” Stereolad and Secret Circuit support.
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December 7 — Connan Mockasin at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
We last caught New Zealand psych soul-pop musician Connan Mockasin soothing FYF crowds with his dreamy set. See him up close and personal at his upcoming Los Angeles show, playing his smooth and silky new material off his latest album Caramel (Mexican Summer).
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December 8 — Zella Day at Fonda Theatre
Small town Arizona transplant Zella Day harmoniously blends her hushed Southwestern roots with modern West Coast pop sounds, a truly hypnotic musical blend. The mesmerizing songstress is touring in support of her debut album Kicker, out now via Pinetop Records/Hollywood Records. Indie rock quartet Harriet opens.
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December 8 — Kiasmos at Echoplex
Icelandic duo Kiasmos is comprised of BAFTA winning composer Ólafur Arnalds and electro pop maestro Janus Rasmussen (Bloodgroup). Together they create a unique sound that incorporates everything from acoustic instruments to synthesizers to a string quartet and that’s just the beginning. Supporting acts are Grenier and Hej Fund.
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December 9, 10, 11, 12 — Beach House at Fonda Theatre
Baltimore’s irresistible indie dream pop duo Beach House are rolling through Los Angeles for four must-see shows at the Fonda Theatre this December. The band is touring in support of their latest, emotionally driven two albums Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry, which Grimy Goods writer Steven Ward has described as a lush and sensual wonderland.
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December 9 — Ezra Furmam at The Echo
Chicago’s genre-crossing singer-songwriter Ezra Furman is back on the road, touring in support of his third studio album Perpetual Motion People, which touches upon a range of topics for misfit anthems to gender fluidity to anxiety and everything else in between. Nothing holds Ezra back and nothing should hold you back from going to this show! Guy Blakeselee (The Entrance Band) opens.
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December 10 — Cavanaugh (Open Mike Eagle & Serengeti) at Bootleg Theater
Cavanaugh aka the duo of Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti are taking over the Bootleg Theater for a night of thought-provoking rap flows and gets-stuck-in-your-head beats. If you’re looking for a mind-bending and not-so-ordinary hip-hop show then look no further. Detroit MC Doc Illingsworth supports.
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December 10 — Kamasi Washington at Club Nokia
Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington has proven that jazz is not dead. The bright and ambitious musician released his 174 minute aptly-titled album The Epic earlier this year and with a 10 piece band backing his efforts, there’s no doubt that he brings jazz to new heights! You’ll feel the earth move under your feet when this sonic earthquake hits Club Nokia this December.
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December 10 & 11 — Radio Moscow at The Satellite
Southern California’s hard-rockin’ psych-blues power trio Radio Moscow have graced hungry ears with five badass albums including their latest Magical Dirt, out now via Alive Records. The band will be doing two special back to back live recordings at The Satellite this month so don’t miss out! Supporting acts include Jared James Nichols, Behold the Brave on Night 1 and Harsh Toke and Beastmaker on Night 2.
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December 11 — Kelela at El Rey Theatre
Talented experimental R&B singer Kelela grabbed our attention with her sexy groove fueled FYF fest set and captivating single, “Rewind” off her new Hallucinogen EP. Now we can’t get enough of her body-shakin’ jams. Bring your boo and get ready to grind!
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December 12 — FLAVORS 8 with J.Rocc & DJ Spinna at Echoplex
Internationally distinguished club DJ, original turntablist and founder of The Beat Junkies J. Rocc is teaming up with DJ, record producer and remixer extraordinaire DJ Spinna for an amazing double header. They’ll be bringing the sick jams and bumping beats, so all you have to do is bring your dancing shoes! Opening set by Young Guru and host Cognito get the party rolling.
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December 12 — Death in June at Complex
Experimental, Neo-folk (and sometimes controversial) legends Death in June, led by frontman Douglas Pearce are making a much anticipated stop at Complex in Los Angeles this month. This is one of only nine U.S. tour dates slated for this year so don’t miss out! Herr Lounge Corps, Joy of Life and Spiritual Front support.
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December 13 — Kim & The Created with Kera and The Lesbians at Bootleg Theater
We recently caught garage punks Kim & The Created giving one of the most notable and memorable performances, rife with passion, thrashing and killer tunes at this year’s Burger A Go-Go pre-party. Add to the mix Grimy Goods favorite and local bipolar folk superstars Kera and The Lesbians and let’s just say this is hands down one of the best concert bills around.
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December 16 — Graveyard with Earthless at Fonda Theatre
Swedish long-haired rockers Graveyard describe themselves as classic rock with a modern roll and you can hear it in their sound which draws from a well of retro influences, from hard rock, rock, blues, folk and jazz. Yet they still maintain a uniquely satisfying sound of their own. The band is touring in support of their fourth studio album Innocence & Decadence which dropped this Fall via Nuclear Blast Records. San Diego instrumental psych rock group Earthless supports.
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December 16 & 17 — Thee Oh Sees with FUZZ at Teragram Ballroom
The volume is about to get cranked the f*** up! SF/LA thrash masters Thee Oh Sees will be blazing through the Teragram Ballroom with a high energy performance and new songs off their latest release, 2015’s Mutilator Defeated At Last. Face melting psych-rock trio FUZZ will get the dance floor heated up and Wand and Permanent Records DJs kick things off.
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December 16 — jennylee (of Warpaint) at The Echo
Jennylee, beloved member of Warpaint, is branching out and scheduled to release her solo debut, titled right on! via Rough Trade Records on December 11th. Los Angeles fans get to hear it live first and live to brag about it! Sister Crayon and FACIAL open.
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December 16 — Ghostface Killah at The Observatory
We last caught rapper Ghostface Killah bringing the best of ’90s hip-hop to life alongside his fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. Now the famed MC is slated to give an intimate performance at a special 11pm show at The Observatory this month. Get ready to throw those hands up!
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December 18 — Girlpool at Echoplex
‘Tis the season of giving! Beloved Los Angeles lo-fi folk punk duo Girlpool is engaging in that do-good spirit by throwing a canned good drive holiday party and concert at The Echoplex. Special guests French Vanilla, Wizard Apprentice and more tba are also on board to spread some holiday cheer. So put on your ugliest holiday sweater, bring some canned goods and join in on the fun!
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December 19 — The Bots at The Echo
Last time we saw The Bots, the young and rad LA sibling duo were shredding alongside Potty Mouth and Perfect Pussy. Let loose to their punchy and playful, blues-tinged garage punk jams from their full-length debut Pink Palms. Buttertones and Thee Commons kick off this smashing night of music, plus a special DJ set by The Musty Boyz.
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The Bronx

December 19 — The Bronx with Retox at Teragram Ballroom
Holiday madness is upon us! Los Angeles hardcore punks The Bronx always know how to get down, dirty and rowdy as hell and we can’t think of a better way to indulge in the musical mayhem than to check out their 2015 White Drugs Christmas Tour. The circle pit will be getting under way courtesy of special guest Retox as well as opening act The Drips.
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December 18, 19 — Muse at STAPLES Center
Brit alt-rockers Muse are embarking on a massive world tour in support of their highly acclaimed album Drones, which includes two must-see show dates in Los Angeles. Get extra stoked because Muse will be performing from the center of the Staples Center for a full 360 audio/visual concert experience! Plus, special guest Phantogram supports.
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December 18 — Fishbone at The Roxy
Ready for a real holiday treat? Legendary funk-ska-punk outfit Fishbone are ready to tear The Roxy a new one with their frenetic, high energy live performance at this year’s “Crazy Glue XXX-Mas” show. Expect a memorable night and a pure musical rush! Daniel Bambaata Marley supports.
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December 26 — Murs at Fonda Theatre
Ingenious, A-list independent rapper Murs (Living Legends, Founder of Paid Dues Festival, etc.) is truly taking center stage once again with his 2015 solo album release Have a Nice Life which features badass beats and flows as evidenced by tracks such as “Mi Corazon” and “Okey Dog.”  Kno, King Fantastic and Kembe X open.
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December 31 — The Bash featuring Rancid at Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds
Usher in 2016 and send 2015 out with a punk rock bang! The Bash is a special NYE celebration featuring performances by Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Off!, The Interrupters, and Boss Hooligan Soundsystem. There will also be a special Fender acoustic stage with Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Nathen Maxwell (Flogging Molly), Steve Soto (The Adolescents) and Elvis Cortez (Left Alone). Food trucks and beer garden on site as well. Happy New Year to you!
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December 31 — Morrissey at Galen Center at USC
Iconic singer Morrissey (The Smiths) holds a special place in the hearts of Angelenos and we recently caught him giving fans at FYF Fest the hits that they crave. Now the influential singer is slated to headline the Galen Center at USC on Dec. 31st for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience. Swoon forth into 2016 with Moz!
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December 31 — Dick Dale at Whisky A Go Go
New Year’s Eve is going off without a hitch as surf guitar living legend Dick Dale is taking over the Whisky A Go Go for the ultimate NYE bash! Hear all the classic hits such as “Misirlou,” (well known as the theme from Pulp Fiction) and “Let’s Go Trippin” just to name a few. Party on!
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December 31 — STRFKR at Teragram Ballroom
Portland indie electronica outfit STRFKR have a well of dance floor hits to draw from, providing a fantastic soundtrack to fuel a sweat soaked, booty shakin’ New Year’s Eve celebration, and perfectly accented by the band’s homemade light show. Bonus, ticket price includes open bar until 12:30am. Opening act is Drug Cabin.
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December 31 — Saint Motel with Vintage Trouble at Downtown Long Beach Square
Ain’t no party like a Long Beach party! That’s certainly the case this New Year’s Eve as Los Angeles indie dream pop group Saint Motel are scheduled to set the Downtown Long Beach Square on fire with catchy songs off their newest EP My Type. Vintage Trouble joins them for an injection of pure rhythm and soul. If you want to dance the night away and get the most bang for your buck this NYE then this is the show for you. There will also be additional performances by ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, DJ Paul V, FMLYBND, Xia Xia Technique (Ok Go DJ Set), Miles Tackett & The 3 Times, DJ Miles Tackett (Funky Sole), and DJ Sovern-T.
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December 31 — The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar
Alex’s Bar in Long Beach will also be popping off this New Year’s Eve with the dirtiest of reggae and smoothest of grooves, courtesy of The Aggrolites. Bring your dancing shoes and polished vocal chops because for this NYE extravaganza you’ll be moving and singing along until the break of dawn!
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